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UNIX/LINUX Systems Engineer

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Job ID: 208132
Location: COLLEGE PARK, MD, United States
Date Posted: Oct 1, 2020
Category: Information Technology
Subcategory: IT Systems Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Remote Work: Yes

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Job Description



The UNIX/LINUX Systems Engineer will be responsible for troubleshooting problems, suggest enhancements to improve system performance as well as writing system scripts for daily administration and supporting documentation to automate repeatable tasks.  The UNIX/LINUX Systems Engineer will install new software releases, system upgrades, evaluate and install patches and resolve software and hardware related problems. They will also be tasked with performing system backups and recovery as well as maintaining data files and monitors system configuration to ensure data integrity. The UNIX/LINUX Systems Engineer will assist with securing and hardening infrastructure technologies to FDA CFSAN and to create/maintain system procedural and technical documentation. This role does allow someone to occasionally work remotely but does require someone to be onsite a couple of days a week. 


More specifically, the candidate will: 

  • Have strong UNIX/LINUX fundamentals along with familiarity of UNIX/LINUX/Windows Command Line Interface (CLI).
  • Demonstrated ability to methodically analyze problems and identify potential solutions.
  • Ability to adequately explain, present, demonstrate [when applicable] and document the operational impact of a particular vulnerability or exploit.
  • Ability to work with non-technical stakeholders to assist in the deployment and development of solutions to technical problems
  • Ability to methodically analyze problems and identify potential solutions

PROBLEM COMPLEXITY: Develops technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity. FREEDOM TO ACT: Work is performed without appreciable direction. Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment. Completed work is reviewed from a relatively long-term perspective for desired results. Exercises judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results. IMPACT: Guides the succesful completion of major programs. Erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in failure to achieve major organizational objectives. LIASON: Represents organization as prime technical contact on contracts and projects. Interacts with senior external personnel on significant technical matters often requiring coordination between organizations.





  • BS in Computer Science/Information Systems or similar and 9+ years of relevant experience 

  • Minimum of 4 years of relevant experience, including administration and management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or greater to include installation, configuration, optimization, backup and recovery. Experience may be substituted for a degree with qualified candidates.

  • Must be able to obtain a Public Trust clearance

  • Linux system administration, security patching, OS upgrades, troubleshooting problems, and ensuring maximum availability

  • Experience with one automation framework (e.g. ansible, chef, puppet, etc.)

  • Experience with network authentication methods such as Active Directory, SSSD, or Centrify.
  • Knowledge of at least one scripting language (e.g. bash, python, perl).

  • Experience with web servers such as Apache, Nginx, Tomcat, and Django.

  • Configuring RHEL operating system, user accounts, file permissions, security certificates, storage management, network file systems, firewalls, etc.

  • Virtual machine creation and maintenance using VMWare ESX and Virtual Center

  • Ability to work independently, as well as, collaborate effectively in a team oriented environment.


SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's most complex modernization and readiness challenges. Our robust portfolio of offerings across the defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets includes high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission solutions. Using our expertise in existing and emerging technologies, we integrate the best components from our own portfolio and our partner ecosystem to deliver innovative, effective, and efficient solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has pro forma annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For more information, visit For ongoing news, please visit our newsroom. For SAIC benefits information, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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